Monday, January 6, 2014

Complete S.S.S. Study He is all I need

Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 1

Exodus 1:6-7 A nation free and thriving
Israel as a nation grew rapidly under the protection and provision of the days of Joseph's appointment over Egypt, all throughout not only Joseph's life but Joseph's entire generation the children of Israel enjoyed complete freedom to worship, to sacrifice to God, to live by Gods laws and prosper.

In the early days of the USA great revival multiple times swept through our nation, shutting down every bar in some towns, some places saw more than 25% of the entire town turn to Christ in a matter of months, thousands were added to the church and much of the political sphere consisted of professing, practicing Christians.

Exodus 1:8-11 A nation falls
Verse 8 says "Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph." Here we find the beginnings of Israel's problems, Israel had lost its representative in the house of Pharaoh, Joseph was no longer around and seemingly no one had taken his place as a counselor to the pharaoh. Therefore the children of Israel were viewed as a threat to the power of the worldly leader in whose country they dwelt.

Some would say that this is America but I do not believe that we are there yet, while yes this nation has turned almost entirely from God and it seems that religious freedoms may soon fall we are not Emperor Nero's Rome, or China during the Boxer revolution, or Russia during the Cold War, or the Middle East today, or North Korea today.

Nero is most commonly known by Christians as having used Christian men, women, and children to light his garden by night by strapping them to poles and adorning them with wax vests.

In China during the Boxer revolution

 George Ernest Morrison, a reporter with the London Times newspaper, filed this report from Beijing:

“As darkness came on, the most awful cries were heard in the city, most demonical and unforgettable, the cries of the Boxers, ‘Sha kuei-tzu’ (kill the devils), mingled with the shrieks of the victims and the groans of the dying. For Boxers were sweeping through the city, massacring the native Christians and burning them alive in their homes.”

Over 250 missionaries and 20,000 Christians were killed in 55 days.

Exodus 1:12 God uses affliction
In this verse just as in history we see that God takes the affliction that the world attempts to deter Gods people with, and uses it to in fact motivate and multiple His people and see great things done. In China today it is reported that thousands of people every day join the underground church movement. In Paul's day we read of his affliction and it's result. Philippians 1:12-14
Exodus 1:13-14 What sin does to you.
Exodus 1:13-14    "And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:    And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour."

Before salvation every man on earth is a servant of sin, but when a man becomes a child of God, God desires that mans service and he is free from sin. Romans 6:16-23, unfortunately we can still choose to serve sin rather than God. Romans 7:18-25.

Later in this lesson series we will see many times where the children of Israel desired to return to Egypt (a picture of the world, and of sin) instead of continuing on to serve their God.

Exodus 1:22 "And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive."

Exodus 2:1-10 God raises up a leader
Through the adversity God used the parents of Moses who are not even named in this passage, to preserve a boy, of the house of Levi (The Levites would be the only ones who would be allowed to carry the ark of The Lord) literally put him in Gods hands and trust God to preserve him. After all Egyptians had been given the decree to kill all Hebrew boys. Here again just as we saw many times in the life of Joseph God uses an unGodly person (the daughter of Pharaoh) to work His will.
Can we trust God like Moses's parents did? Can we put our own life in an ark and let go of it?
What does the Bible say about Trusting God?

2nd Samuel 22:31, Psalm 4:5, Psalm 9:10, Psalm 37:39-40, Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 26:4, Nahum 1:7

We know that we can trust God because He is righteous, pure, everlasting, a strong tower, a fortress, a defense, our father, our Savior, and just because the Bible says we can in these verses but don't just look at what God has said, look at what He has done!

If you believe that the stories in Gods word are true, then why do we struggle to trust God with such little things, when He has done such mighty things? I believe that it is not necessarily a lack of trust in our God that causes us to doubt His ability to see us through, but a lack of faith in our own relationship with God causes us to doubt that He would even want to see us through. Daniel prayed three times a day, David showed great courage in facing a giant, Paul preached in the streets.                           I can barely remember to pray, and study my Bible.

I want to reassure you, God does care about what your going through wether you have been a good child or bad. God wants a good relationship with you, He knows we our sinners, after all He is the God who wrote Romans 6:23 "  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
You will never match up to the righteousness of God, but God cares about you.
Romans 5:6 "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 1
Take home Assignment

The following questions can be answered through reading Exodus 1:1-2:10, from the lesson, or from a bible or online search, concordance, or dictionary. You may answer the questions on the back of this page or staple a separate paper to this page, please number your answers and write legibly.

What does the word Exodus mean?
Briefly describe the relationship between Israel and Egypt at the end of Joseph's life.
When a new Pharaoh took the throne what did he view Israel as?
In the lesson we saw that Emperor Nero murdered Christians by using them as human candles, what are some other ways Christians were persecuted under emperor Nero?
What occurred in the early 1900s in America, and who were some of its main contributors?
During the Boxer revolution(or rebellion) in China the boxers would cry "Sha kuei-tzu" as they killed the missionaries and Christians, what did this mean?
During the rebellion Over 250 missionaries and 20,000 Christians were killed, in how many days did this happen?
Where in the Bible does the apostle Paul speak of his bonds and what they accomplished?
Briefly explain what you believe Romans 6:16-23 tells us, also Romans 7:18-25.
On page two of the lesson there is a list of verses about trusting God, which verse makes the statement: "the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:"

Remember Romans 5:6 " For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."

Spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and Have a great week!

Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 2

Exodus 2:11-12 Moses makes a choice
Moses decided to side with Israel His people, and his first recorded action toward aligning himself with Israel was cold blooded murder.

Often we want to make the right choice, give the right answer, stand for the right cause, and that is all very good, but the method by which we choose to make that stand still matters. One day Peter chose to align himself very drastically with Christ. John 18:3-12 But Peters method was not the method Christ desired him to use. How often are we ready and willing to join the battle arm in arm but cannot stand alone to a simple question? That is what happened to Peter. (John 18:16-17)

Praise God Jesus looks not at our failed methods but simply fixes the damage we have done and moves on Luke 22:51.

Exodus 2:13-15
Because Moses was now a wanted criminal he had to flee Egypt and could therefore offer no help to his people, because he desired a right thing, but chose a wrong method.

Exodus 2:16-17  Moses to the rescue
Moses chose to try to help his Israelite brethren, but was foolish in his method (murder is a no-no) now fleeing for his life from a death sentence passed down by his mothers father Pharaoh, he reaches a well and again is confronted with the choice of either helping the oppressed or standing by, now with nothing left to lose but his life and chased from His home he decides once again to come to the aid of the oppressed.

How often do we view ourselves as the most unfortunate person in the room? How many times have you rose to someone's aid while you yourself were hurting. It is no easy task to put others ahead of yourself.   Mark 12:28-31  Jesus Christ tells us the most important commands for Israel (Gods children) to follow, and it is a sharp contrast to the words spoken in Job 2:4 by Satan.

There are 6,100+ people on earth dying EVERY HOUR. People many of whom have never trusted Christ as their savior and will spend eternity in Hell because throughout all time from the day Jesus Christ left this earth till this moment Christians who know the truth sit in their comfort zone believing that they have it rough.

Missionary David Brainerd would ride days at a time while sick with tuberculosis to reach Indian tribes who at times would immediately reject him and send him back, he eventually died of his illness in 1747 at the ripe old age of 29. He had been saved in 1739 only 8 years prior.

Exodus 2:18-22 Moses new Family
Similar to when God restored Joseph's family to him after years of trials and troubled times, God saw fit to give Moses a brand new family, away from Moses's past life, away from all the troubles he left behind God gave Moses a father-in-law, wife, son, and kindred.

How often just when we think no one cares, or that we are not worth anything, or we are just down and out beaten up by life's circumstances, God steps in and helps us up.

Luke 12:6-7, John 3:15-17, Psalm 40:5, 2nd Peter 3:9, 1st John 4:8-10,

Exodus 2:23-25 God
Heard- The groanings
God knew from before the foundation of the world that we, the Gentiles, would be groaning in sin, having no hope, no light, and no peace. God made a planed salvation, executed that plan in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, and now He hears our cries as His children.
Matthew 21:22, John 14:13, John 15:16

Micah 7:7    Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Remembered- His covenant
2nd Peter 3:9,1st Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 10:23, 1st John 1:9
God will always remember and keep the promises He has made to His children, wether it be your darkest hour, or your most joy filled moment, God is always remembering His people.
Romans 8:35-39
Looked- on His children
The only time a child does not want his father watching him/her is when he/she is planning to do wrong, How many of you would like your dad to go on your first date with you? Biblically nothing should happen before marriage that a father couldn't watch. Sounds weird but it's true.
Proverbs 15:3    "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good."

The phrase "the eyes of The Lord" is found in your bible 22 times, all of which have to do with either evil or righteousness, to the evil this verse is nightmarish, but to the righteous and needy soul it is sweet. Psalm 119:103.

The final thought today is this, how often is the thought of Proverbs 15:3 sweet to you, and how often is it a scary thought?
Jeffrey S Lynn

Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 3

Exodus 3:1 The backside of the dessert
Moses most likely lived a peaceful life as a shepherd, for years he seemingly was no longer concerned with his brothers in Egypt or, like many of us felt that he could do nothing to help them.
Exodus 3:2-4 The burning bush (Moses turns toward God)
What does it take to make us "turn aside"?
As a Christian who has spent much time at all in Gods word, we know right from wrong according to the Bible, we know we're supposed to witness, we know we're supposed to pray, we know we're supposed to give to Gods work, etc, etc, etc... But many times we do none of these things. We occupy ourselves on the backside of the dessert and wind up years down the road looking back and saying why didn't I do more? Often when we try to serve God we turn aside in the wrong direction.
Psalm 40:4, Joshua 23:6-11, 2nd Timothy 4:2-4

What does it take to make us "turn aside" for the good, or the bad?

Exodus 3:5 Holy ground (How do we approach God?)
We act like God fits in our pocket sometimes, we pretend He isn't around so often and then when we need Him we just pull Him out of our pocket.

Exodus 3:6 A Godly fear

Exodus 3:7-10 God lays His plan forth
We all want our own tablets of stone with Gods exact plan for each of our lives, what we don't realize is that He has given us all the leadership we need in His word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit John 16:13

Exodus 3:11 The necessary attitude for a servant (Who am I?)
Psalm 8:4, John 3:30, James 4:14-15

Exodus 3:12-14 Who is God? (The I AM)
Who is God to you?
 Psalm 61:3, Proverbs 18:10, Psalm 18:2, there are many names and characteristics of God in the Bible but the most amazing in my opinion is the name He gives Himself, the "I AM" Because He is, our everything we will ever need.
Do your actions reflect your beliefs or only your knowledge and statements?
1. Describe who you believe God is, give at least 3 verse References as proof.

2. What are some things that turn people away from God?

3. What are some things that turn people towards God?

4. Do you think God has a specific plan for you?

5. On a scale of one to ten how confident are you that you can't in some way have an effect on your unsaved friends for Christ. (10=definitely 0=no way)

6. On a scale of one to ten how confident are you that you can't in some way have an effect on strangers for Christ. (10=definitely 0=no way)

7. On a scale of one to ten how confident are you that you can't in some way have an effect on your town for Christ. (10=definitely 0=no way)

8. On a scale of one to ten how confident are you that you can't in some way have an effect on your country for Christ. (10=definitely 0=no way)

9. On a scale of one to ten how confident are you that you can't in some way have an effect on the whole world for Christ. (10=definitely 0=no way)

10. If your answer for numbers 5-9 varied, explain why you think that is.

Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 4

Exodus 4:1-9 God proves Himself to Moses in frightening ways
How often do we expect God to prove Himself to us? As if His word was not true, we are often best described by Jesus's words in Mark 8:12-21 and Mark 9:19. Often we try to have faith, we know in our hearts that Gods word is true ands we can trust Him but our minds tend to mess things up, we and oftentimes those around us use "reason" to avoid using faith.

Here we see though that when God shows up and wants you to know who He is, He does so in a way that is unforgettable!

Look closer at the things God used to show Moses His power
 a. A snake vs 2-5, b. then leprosy vs 6, c. then healing vs 7, that sequence of events reminds me of a. The fall of man Genesis 3 b. the sinful condition of man Romans 6:23, and c. Jesus Christ cleansing believers from all sin 1st John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

Exodus 4:10-15 Mans inability can be overcome by God
Jeremiah 1, and The burning bush are two of the most well known instances of men informing God that they are unable to complete the task He has assigned them, and Gods response to both
Jeremiah 1:8,19 Exodus 3:12
I will be with thee

God's command to every Christian in what is called the "great commission" is also a great task, just as Jeremiah and Moses were given, but guess what, God knows your heart and mine and before we could even tell God, I'm just one man, I'm not important enough, I'll never be great for you, He gave us that same exact promise that He gave to Moses, Jeremiah, and many others that "I will be with thee" Matthew 28:18-20
Knowing these things the thought can no longer be, I'm just one person, I'm not important, I'll never do great things for God, because every time man brought those concerns to God, He replied I will be with you, and they became great leaders for God, the question is not do you believe you have the power, it is do you believe God has the power? Matthew 28:18

Exodus 4:31

Exodus 5:1-12:51 The plagues

Exodus 12:12
"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD."

Just before the final plague God declares that He will execute judgment upon the gods of Egypt, the following it a list of the plagues complete with what Egyptian god or goddess they attacked.

Bloody Water, Nilus, Nilus was considered the sacred river god.
Frogs, Hekt, Hekt was the goddess of reproduction.
Lice, Seb, Seb was considered the god of the earth.
Flies, Khephera, The sacred scarab.
Murrain, Apis, and Hathor, the sacred bull and cow.
Boils, Typhon, the evil eye god.
Hail, Shu, the god of the atmosphere.
Locusts, Serapis, the god Serapis was the protector from locusts.
Darkness, Ra, the sun god.
Death, Ptah, the god of life.

In all these plagues we learn many lessons, the most obvious of which could be how much it can take to soften a hardened heart (Pharaoh) or how desperately man tries to fight God (pharaohs sorcerers), How viciously God will fight for His people (the final plague), or how patient God is with even the most wicked men (the fact there there were ten plagues, not one), we can also see how that God used the entire experience to show His children His power. It is also very important to note that in the final plague the children of Israel were not automatically protected, but had to apply the blood of the lamb to their doors, a clear picture of Jesus Christ's blood covering our sins and justifying us.

Hard hearts (Hebrews 3:7-8)
Rebelling against God (Romans 1:18-32, 5:8-10)
Gods just wrath (John 3:36, Ephesians 5:6, Romans 1:18)
Gods patience (2nd Peter 3:9)
Gods power (Hebrews 1:3, 1st Corinthians 6:14)
The Blood (John 3:16-18, Hebrews 9:22, Romans5:9, Galatians 1:16, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 13:12, 1st John 1:7)

These are just a few of the many lessons the true account of the 10 plagues can teach us, your assignment this week is to find and explain two more "lessons" you believe this story teaches us.  
Family School at Faith Baptist
S.S.S. Study
He is all I need
(the story of the exodus)
Part 5

Exodus 12:30-37 Leaving Egypt
The Egyptians were so afraid of Israel and their God that they did everything they could to get them to leave when the time came, even lending them priceless gifts.
God has not merely brought out Israel, but He has blessed them with material goods as well.

Exodus 14:5-31 The Crossing
God has a plan to show all the Egyptians who He is, that plan takes Israel into what seems to be a trap, but when all hope seems lost, that is when God does something amazing!

After hundreds of years of silence from God a virgin conceives
After the besieged people start eating donkeys heads for lack of food, their enemies are scared off by God.
After Lazarus is dead for four days Jesus raises him up.
After men spent years blind, crippled, and diseased, Jesus showed up.
After thousands of years of no hope, no truth, and no redemption for the Gentiles, God sends His Son.
After being a murderer and a persecutor God chooses Saul to be a great man for His service.

The same is still true today, when you have a problem so great that it seems it will overtake you, often that is when God chooses to do something mighty for His glory in you. Don't forget that if you are a Christian He has already done something amazing for His glory in you!

After three days in the tomb Jesus rose up. Luke 23:52-24:40 Sometimes God does something amazing for us and we refuse to see it, we are thankful to chance, coincidence, fate, etc but we must realize this is Gods handiwork and only He deserves glory.

Memory verse: Exodus 18:11    "Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them."
Exodus 15:22-26 the water dilemma
Up till now God has shown His power against His enemies, and shown His guidance to His children, but up till this point Israel has mostly just been witnesses of Gods wrath on others, now they become witnesses of Gods ability not only to protect, and guide, but also to provide.

Exodus 16:1-8 the food dilemma
Again God provides
Moses tells the people that their murmurings were against God not Moses because God was their provider and had chosen Moses to lead them, Moses simple explanation Exodus 16:7-8.
The apostles found themselves in a dilemma of food as well in Matthew 14:14-21

Exodus 17:1-6 Yet again Israel thirsts
Again Israel was faced with a real and present need (water is important), but once again they fail to have faith and they blame the man of God, (always when a Christian begins to rebel against God they will begin to despise those people who stand for God in their lives.)

The fact that Israel so quickly thirsted after water again should bring to mind a few things we learn in the New Testament,
Jesus is the only living water. John 4:10-14, John 14:6
Jesus is also called the bread of life. John 6:32-35, 47-48
We ought to thirst for righteousness. Matthew 5:6

All of these events and more lead up to God giving His law to the children of Israel. God could have given them the law at any time but He waited till He had done many things to prove Himself to His people, He sent the plagues, He destroyed the army of Egypt, He split the Red Sea, He provided quail and manna in the dessert, He cleansed bitter water, He provided a river of water out of a rock, He saved them from the attack of Amalek, He did so many things for a people who seemingly complained constantly, rebelled against Moses constantly, and had no faith constantly He is a loving God.

This should remind us just how long suffering our God is toward His people, and what of us? How many of us complain not about a lack of food, or water, but about Gods blessings, how often are we ungrateful to God?

One final thought is this, the theme of this study is "He is all I need" because from the beginning of Exodus where Israel falls into bondage, to the raising up of Moses, to the plagues, to the Red Sea crossing, to the dessert wilderness, Israel could never do anything of their own will or power to help themselves, God always provided for them. Not Moses, not Pharaoh, not their religious and political leaders, but God showed Israel just as I hope that He has shown you, that

Romans 8:31    "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Psalm 118:6    "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?"

Hebrews 13:5-6    "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6    So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

1st John 4:4    "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

Matthew 28:18-20    "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19    Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20    Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

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